Check out this video from the city, showing the progress that is being made on the iconic Granary building. This is the first major project on the long awaited redevelopment of the Bellingham’s waterfront property obtained when GP left town about 10 years ago.
The building was built up in 1928 during the boom of local chicken and egg production. Small chicken farmers banded together to form the Whatcom County Egg Producers Association and the Washington Cooperative Egg and Poultry Association in 1917. Small farmers working together allowed them to buy feed in bulk and ship their eggs and chicken to market outside of Whatcom County.
According to an article by the Whatcom County Historical Society, Whatcom County had the second-highest chicken population in the country in 1920.After the chicken co-op ceased at some point mid-century Georgia Pacific bought the building and used its lower levels as storage until the Port of Bellingham bought the site.
And now we can see a new life for the building as shops and premier office space in the new waterfront.
image via flickr.com courtesy of Robert Ashworth